George is kidding us but he is clever:
The toll hike plan that passed 4 to 1 Tuesday, forged amid months of protests and public deliberations, comes in two steps. The first increase takes effect March 29, bringing cash tolls to $1.50 at the Allston-Brighton and Weston tolls and to $5.50 at the Ted Williams and Sumner tunnels.
That's an increase of 25 cents at the turnpike booths inside Route 128 and $2 at the tunnels. Fast Lane users will continue to get a discount.
The second hike takes effect July 1, bringing cash tolls to $2 at the booths inside Route 128 and $7 at the tunnels.
"Bad idea," said Jim Boyle, a Beverly resident who works in Boston. "Make one plan. That's why things don't seem to get done the way they should in this state."
Board members said both rounds of toll increases can be averted if the Legislature increases the gas tax before they take effect. If the Legislature raises the gas tax after tolls go up, the toll increases will be rolled back, they promised.
"There's no confusion," said James A. Aloisi Jr., state transportation secretary and chairman of the turnpike board. "We've been very clear that we need to do this or we face financial disaster on the turnpike."